10 Months

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Wow! Another Post is due already. Well here goes:
Kaelen weighs in at 22lbs! He’s getting so big! He’s also really tall but we haven’t taken the time to measure his height recently. Kaelen has been holding steady at 7 teeth although he has had a few days where he was really chomping on his fingers in one spot next to his bottom middle teeth so I expect that will (eventually) be the next tooth to come in.

Little Man is now completely in his 18 month fall wardrobe. The little fall & winter patterns are so cute. He’s got a couple plaid flannel shirts that I put him in with his little overalls. So Handsome! We took some pictures in that outfit at the pumpkin patch that I will have to post… someday when I get “caught up” haha!

We decided that it was finally time to train Kaelen to sleep all the way through the night and so we started letting him cry until he went back to sleep in the middle of the night (or at 5-6 am… whenever he was waking up). After 3 nights he quit waking completely, and when he stirs he may fuss a little but relocates and settles himself within a minute or two. Its interesting as we’ve observed his sleep habits we noticed that Kaelen completely relocates himself to various places in the crib several times a night. Mostly he doesn’t even make a noise, but he moves to a different corner for a few hours. He’s a very mobile sleeper!

Kaelen continues to be more conversational and loves to laugh. His favorite things to babble continue to be “bababa” and “mamama” with occasional other sounds mixed in. Blowing raspberries isn’t speech but it is still one of Kaelen’s favorite things!

Food wise we have continued to add in foods such as quinoa, tomato, banana, & sweet potato. Kaelen definitely has favorites and will eat all of carrots, tomatoes, or egg that are on the baby butler before he finishes other things but that’s fine by me! He has gotten to be such a good eater! We also took Kaelen “out to eat” to Chipotle with us where he sat in his travel high chair and “ate” with us. We have eaten with our families and away from home lots, but this was his first time “eating out” even though we brought his food from home with us. Little Man also figured out that he likes to hold things to eat a certain way and sometimes that means that he picks up multiple different things in one hand. Tonight he wanted both tomato and egg in his hand so he worked really hard at it until he had them both just the way he wanted so that he could take a bite of both together. As I watched him I couldn’t help but think how smart he was to analyze how to get set up to do it even though it took him several attempts to get everything just the way he wanted.

Kaelen clapped his hands for the first time on October 15th. We have even caught him clapping in rhythm a couple of times! Recently Kaelen was laughing at Doug making a fishy face so Doug taught him how to suck his cheeks in and make a “fishy face”, which Kaelen thinks is hilarious. He now does it when he is playing, crawling around, transitioning between activities, and sometimes when we attempt to get him to imitate us (although not very often). Kaelen is very much a climber. When he is playing nearby us he often will climb up on top of, or over us to get where he wants to go or just for fun. Its humorous to us since it takes so much of his effort but he really enjoys the activity!

Enjoy the 10 Month Pictures!

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Learning cause and effect:  What happens if I crawl off the edge?

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But Daddy didn’t let him hit the floor.

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 ~ Erica


8 Months

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Our Little Man isn’t quite so “little” anymore!   So many changes this month and it just seemed to fly by.

At a recent well-baby visit Kaelen weighed in at 20 Lbs, 12 Oz.  We measured his height today and he is now 30.5 inches tall!  Kaelen has stayed middle of the road weight-wise, but has stayed on the tall side for his age.

Little Man has four teeth at this moment: One of the top center teeth, and three teeth on the bottom. There are several on the top that seem to be poised to come in at any second.  Kaelen LOVES having his teeth brushed.

Kaelen is still wearing 12 month size clothes, I am soooo THANKFUL not to be changing out his wardrobe already again in a month like I did with the last few sizes.  I did take a peek at what I have in the 18 month size and I’m super excited for Kaelen to get to wear the overalls that I snagged at the bag sale last month.  I only need to finish out his fall/winter wardrobe with some long-sleeve onesies and some PJ’s.

Sleeping has continued to stay much the same as last post, although Kaelen is staying awake longer between his naps usually at least 2 hours before he needs to lay down.  Sometimes Kaelen would rather play than nap and stays awake amusing himself in his crib for up to an hour before finally taking a nap.  More and more he seems to really only take 2 naps per day.  I am hoping that he will begin to lengthen these naps soon, but as of yet most of his naps fall between 1-1.5 hours.

Kaelen really started talking this month!  See this post that I wrote when he first started babbling.  Since that post Kaelen has added: papaya, nanana, and occasionally makes a /d or g/ but doesn’t say them repetitively or as often.  “Bababa”, “Mamama”, & “Papapa” remain his predominant favorites along with blowing raspberries.

This month marked the transition from “starting to crawl” to Kaelen being an accomplished crawler! I will write a post about his crawling progression and post some videos, but for this moment just enjoy the adorable crawling pictures that I took after this month’s picture session.

In “standing” news, Kaelen started pulling up on low chairs and his toys this month.  He also pulls up on us if we’re playing with him on the bed or floor.  He LOVES playing on the floor with his Daddy.  Doug likes to “roughhouse” with him, rolling around on the floor with him cradled in his arms kissing him, blowing raspberries, or making growling noises.  Kaelen laughs and laughs…. so cute!

Kaelen has added blueberries, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, and puffs into his regular repertoire of foods. He has also tasted orange, grapes, and chicken.  He still makes funny faces with new foods, but “favorites” he greets with enthusiasm.  He has really gotten good at consuming softer foods.  In the past week he has been working on his pincer grasp and coordination with the puffs.  He can get them into his mouth now (rather than getting them “stuck” in his fist), although it isn’t pretty or smooth yet.  He LOVES eating the puffs though so I’m sure he will get good at eating them before long.  Kaelen has continued to nurse 5-6 times a day depending on his preference.

This month has marked the beginning of the childproofing project!  Since Kaelen is crawling so well we knew that we needed to get the gates installed and making other adjustments.  It’s crazy… who knew power cords for things were so appealing???

Thus far we have:
hung gates
installed a couple special outlet covers for outlets we use constantly
put plug covers in outlets
removed a speaker/speaker stand from the living room that Kaelen kept knocking over
purchased a fire screen & wired it to the fireplace
gotten good at keeping bedroom & bathroom doors closed

We have alot left to do in this department including installing the locks for the cabinets where there are chemicals or dangerous items in the kitchen/bathrooms.  However, we are going to “wait and see” for some of the childproofing to see what Kaelen does get into and how much we actually need to do.  One day I know we will have to put up the locks for the lever style door handles, but fortunately that’s a long way off!

Our Little Warrior doesn’t fit in the Laundry basket as well as he used to… my how he’s grown!  Maybe at the end of the year I’ll do a collage of all the pictures together…

 

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~ Erica


6 Months & 26 Weeks

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I can hardly believe our little warrior has been here for half a year already!  Its mind boggling as I think about how much Kaelen has grown and changed in such a short period of time.  Since this post is both on a Friday and on a month anniversary I am only doing the one post.  All the weekly and monthly pictures will be at the bottom of the post.

I’ll start with Kaelen’s stats: He weighs more than 19 pounds but we don’t really know by how much, his height is 30 inches, and he has grown into 9 month size clothes.

One big development is Kaelen’s first tooth emerged last Saturday (June 22nd).  It is the left center tooth on the bottom.  The best part about this tooth’s arrival is that it came without causing much fuss.  Other than having been very drooly for awhile now Kaelen didn’t have any other symptoms of teething.  I certainly hope that he continues to have an easy time with incoming teeth.  The other bottom center tooth is on the way out any day now.  Once enough of the tooth is showing to get a picture I will, but thus far its impossible to get a picture of.

On Monday night (June 24) we took Kaelen to get his first haircut.  I know most people wait longer to cut their baby’s hair, however the long sections by his ears were constantly sticking to his face, getting in his eyes, and just generally looked scraggly…so we decided to go ahead and cut it.  I’m amazed at how much of a difference it made!  He still has little old man hair, but at least its a better shape now!  One day it will fill in… for now at least its cuter 🙂

Kaelen now sits for more extended periods of time on our laps or on a blanket while playing with a toy  (click here to see video I posted) but eventually falls over after awhile or when he’s “done”.  I would estimate he’s sat un-aided for possibly 5 minutes or more.  He sat under the play gym and held onto it/played with the toys from that perspective and seems to really be enjoying playing in the seated position.  This week we also got out the baby piano and the first block set and thus far he LOVES banging on the piano.

Little man is able to rock back and forth on his hands and knees.  This often results in him lunging and scooting around.  Today Kaelen did something that surprised us both because of the strength it takes; he picked himself up on his toes and hands….it looked alot like the yoga pose “downward facing dog”. I love it that there’s so much growing and changing!  Its exciting every day to see what he’s going to do next!

On Sunday Kaelen actually lunged/scooted/rolled across our bed to get to me about 3 different times.  It is so neat to see how he is purposely attempting to move himself to get places!  It seems like he could start crawling anytime he wants to but there are definitely a couple pieces he still has to figure out, like releasing his hand from the floor and reaching forward.  We realize with his new mobility that it is time to get the safety gates put up so that project is now on the short list to get done ASAP.

Kaelen is still taking three naps per day most days and is sleeping as much as 12-14 hours at night.  Most nights Kaelen has still been waking up to eat around 6am, but three times this past week he slept all the way through until 8am!  I am pleased with him naturally lengthening out his sleep, but eventually really hope that he will keep his routine “wakeup” time at 9am. (Hey I can hope even if it may not be realistic!) Kaelen loves to roll around and scoot in his crib when he’s supposed to be falling asleep at nap time or bed time which means that he often takes 30-60 minutes to go to sleep when I put him down… even when I make sure to put him down as soon as he starts showing signs of being tired.  I can put the baby in the crib, but I can’t MAKE him sleep….  Kaelen’s naps are continuing to range from 45 minutes-1.5 hours each.

Kaelen really wants to experience his whole world through his mouth.  He’s been able to pickup toys to chew on for a while, but this month he really has wanted to put EVERYTHING he sees and is interested in into his mouth.  He’s fascinated with anything we are holding, what we are doing, and ESPECIALLY our food and drinks think he’s even tried to chew on the mirror and the wall! On June 4th Kaelen “found” his toes and has since gotten where he will either bend all the way over to chew on them or pick them up to investigate or chew on.  Since he got that first tooth in he does seem to be more careful about chewing on his hands/feet from the sides of his mouth.

Little Man continues to nurse about six times each day and now that he has turned six months we plan to start him working on solid foods.  We are planning to use Baby Led Weaning, which essentially means that we will put large pieces of easy to grab foods (e.g. carrots, toast “fingers”) for him to learn to pick up and put in his mouth to gnaw on.  This method teaches him to feed himself, and to gnaw/chew on foods before he learns to swallow them.  Since he still gets all the nutrition he needs from nursing there’s no pressure on the amount of solid food he gets.  Another advantage to this way is that he won’t get used to the pureed consistency of most baby foods since he will be experiencing many textures right from the very beginning.  I’ll be sure to post lots along the way!

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Behind the Scenes:

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Here are a few “Outtakes”

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~ Erica

 


Five Months Old

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Kaelen is five months old already!  Wow!  Its amazing how the time has flown by since he turned four months.  Enjoy this (overdue) update and the pictures and video included!

Kaelen’s new favorite toy is the ExerSaucer that Aunt Lauren (my best friend) gave him when Lily outgrew it.  It didn’t take him long to learn how to turn himself around to whichever toy he wants to play with.  At some point I’ll post a video of him playing with it.  It is hilarious when instead of reaching for and grabbing a toy with his hand he dives at it with his mouth… haha… I’m amused by the little things! Coordination for grabbing things is increasing – he went from diving at toys with his mouth all the time to being able to reach for and play with toys when he is laying or sitting with coordinated intentional movements.  He also grasps his hands together in front of himself during play or to bring an object to his mouth.

He has rolled from front to back in his crib while wearing his sleep sack.  He walks his feet up and gets his butt way up in the air until he rolls. He has done it on several occasions but doesn’t do it routinely or when he is playing during tummy time.  Instead he has learned to roll from back to front over his left shoulder!!!  He did it for the first time today!!!  It was super slow and took him a long time so I only got the clip from the very end of the process.  I was pretty excited as you will hear 🙂

Little Man is sitting for longer periods of time and does really well staying upright for 15-30 seconds at a time, especially if he is playing with a toy.  I’m not sure why that helps, but the concentration on something in his hands helps him stabilize from falling over to the back or sides.  I took a picture of him sitting when I took his pictures to share here. (see below)

Kaelen is currently taking 3 naps per day & sleeping from 9pm until around 6am when he eats.  I have really grown to love this schedule and am feeling soooo much more rested as a whole!  I knew this time would come eventually and I am so grateful!  I can’t say I even mind the wakeup to nurse since he goes back to sleep until a “better” wakeup time.  He has come a LONG way in the area of self soothing and falls asleep within 2-15 minutes of being laid down.

Kaelen is getting SO big!  He has been wearing 6 month clothes but its time to start pulling out the 9 month size outfits and onesies!  Its really interesting – many of the clothes we have been given are really “wide” for him and not long enough since he’s significantly more tall than fat.  He does have the cutest little leg rolls though!

People have started asking us frequently about teething and while I know that its around the corner we don’t have any signs or symptoms of it.  Kaelen’s primarily exploration of the world does continue to be through his mouth, and his drool is up and down in quantity on different days (mostly up!).

Kaelen has gotten to be where he is ALL about his Daddy!  He wants me some, but if Doug is in the room or talking he would rather be engaged with him.  It is so sweet to watch them together.  Kaelen loves flying in the air above Daddy’s head… Doug just has to dodge all of the drool that tends to “bomb” his face when they play airplane! 🙂

Little Man LOVES to belly laugh!   He thinks its hilarious when we pretend to “eat” his toes or tickle him with our hair against his face.  Raspberries on his belly are another laugh inducing activity and he likes those best during diaper changes after he wakes up.

Kaelen’s hair seems to be getting a bit lighter over time and looks like it has red highlights in some lights or in pictures.  It is continuing to grow but hasn’t filled in too much yet… I keep saying that one of these days we are going to trim the sides so they don’t look so rough… its just a matter of getting him to the stylist while he’s up between one of his naps which is a bit tricky since he is only awake for 1.5 hours at a time including diapering and feeding time which is usually the first 25 or so minutes after he wakes up.  We will get to it…. eventually 🙂

Kaelen realized he could screech in the past week or so.  He loves to hear his voice when he is playing and really gets going sometimes!   It is a “fun” noise for him so we always know when he wakes up happy if he’s making those types of sounds.  Doug has taken a couple short video clips of him trying to get one of him screeching and playing but we haven’t got one we like yet… I’m sure we will get one soon.

Our friends often comment about what a happy, easy going baby Kaelen is… and now that he is well rested and has a routine that is working for him (and us) he really is!   He only ever gets worked up if he’s hungry and doesn’t think I’m feeding him fast enough or sometimes when we put his sleep sack on him and he’s not ready to go to sleep yet.  Its always fun to hear other people’s compliments… but we truly feel blessed.

Hope you enjoy the pictures this month… I took a bunch!

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A little Laugh

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Oh ya know… just Chillin’

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“What do you mean you’re not holding me here?!?”

Behind the Scenes- this is how I get those smiles and laughs

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Some Seriously Adorable Pictures of Kaelen with His Daddy

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“Daddy that TICKLES!!!”

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I love Kaelen’s eyes in these two!

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Last but not least, here’s the video of Kaelen rolling over that I mentioned earlier in the post.  It is the last little bit of the roll since he was doing the first part for a long time, I didn’t know that he would get all the way over this time.  I get a little animated in this clip, but come on… it is exciting stuff!

~ Erica


20 Weeks

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This week brought a big change! Kaelen moved into the nursery full time this week. The reason we decided to go ahead and move him is that it is significantly easier to let him talk/cry it out overnight when he’s not in the room with us.  The monitor can be turned down and doors closed this way.  I still wake up when I hear him stirring around and can’t fall asleep till after he goes back to sleep, but Doug is able to sleep better so that’s a plus.  I know this part of sleep training won’t last much longer and that Kaelen will learn to stay asleep except for his 4-6am feeding. Kaelen is still figuring out about staying asleep during his naps as well.  Sometimes he will sleep 1.5 hours, other times he wakes up at 30-45 minutes and has to work it out for a bit before he returns to sleep.  A couple of times this week the total time he’s slept during a nap has exceeded 2 hours (with a little crying in the early part).  It will be great once we figure out how long Kaelen needs to nap and he regulates a bit.  For now we just make sure we get him back down for his next nap within 1.5-2 hours and that’s really all we can plan on.

Kaelen also started using the exersaucer Lauren loaned to us with a little pillow under his feet to make sure he could support his own weight standing (since it can be bad for a baby’s hips/pelvis to dangle from that style of seat).  He LOVES it.  I’ll post pictures or video of it at some point down the road.  Kaelen has also started enjoying sitting in his high chair to play with toys on the tray now that he is more stable seated.  He is sitting unsupported for about 5 seconds at a time (if he wants to when we try it), and will sit in the high chair for 15 minutes or so playing independently.

We weighed Kaelen this week because we didn’t have any idea what ballpark he was in (other than “heavy”) and when I stand on the scale with then without Kaelen we arrived at about 18.5lbs…. he’s getting to be a BIG boy! Don’t know how tall he is… I’ll measure one of these days!

Here are this week’s pictures!  Enjoy!

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“Pat the bear”

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~ Erica


19 Weeks Old!

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Lots of changes this week due to starting sleep training with Kaelen on Sunday.  The week prior he had gone on a nap strike two different days and I reached my “breaking point” because I knew he wasn’t getting anywhere near the amount of sleep that he needs for healthy development.  I’m SOOO thankful for my best friend Lauren and the sleep book that she recommended while I was still pregnant: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth M.D.  After re-reading the appropriate chapters (5 & 6) Lauren gave me some awesome application advice (since she has done sleep training with many children).

We decided on Kaelen’s nap time/night time routine which consists of:
1) Turning on piano music for naps/sleep machine for nighttime
2) Putting Kaelen in his sleep sack
3) Patting his back for naps or rocking in the glider at night
4) Nursing at night or if Kaelen asks (via rooting) at nap time
5) Placing Kaelen in his cradle or crib while he is settled and doing “long blinks” but not asleep so that he learns to put himself to sleep

We also decided to let him “cry it out” (extinction method), but we monitor him with our video monitor.  There have only been a few tough moments…  Mostly Kaelen cries for a very short time (if at all) before falling asleep.  The toughest part has been when he wakes up too soon during a nap or at night and we let him cry until he falls back to sleep.  The longest period of time that he’s cried thus far at night was 40 minutes, but he did cry an entire hour instead of napping one day.  It seems like he does a little better and sleeps a little more each day.  The schedule so far is up at 9am, naps at 11am, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm bedtime. At this point Kaelen is waking to eat once per night between 4am-6am and goes back to sleep until around 9am.  Once Kaelen isn’t waking during naps and overnight (except to nurse) we will see what his natural schedule ends up being.

In other news Kaelen is starting to initiate rolling to his side from his back and now reaches for/grabs toys and holds them while playing, and holds things in his mouth to chew on them on a regular basis.  I’m looking forward to capturing video of Kaelen rolling over soon….

Here are pictures for this week!

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This picture is to show how tall Kaelen is getting!  We tried to capture this last week, but Kaelen wouldn’t stand up facing forward so we were able to get Kaelen to cooperate today.  He loves to stand up in our laps or holding on to our fingers and his balance is getting pretty good!  (Daddy was standing just to the left of Kaelen to catch if needed).

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~ Erica

 


Four Months Today!

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Its time for another monthly update!  Enjoy the post and the many pictures!

Kaelen loves to play under his play gym and this month he began to reach out to touch, grab, or hit toys hanging from it!  He wiggles and scootches quite a bit while he is sleeping and on his tummy during tummy time.  He also accidentally rolled over (click to read post) on Friday.  Kaelen loves to grab our hands and put our fingers in his mouth and has started holding onto toys we give him and can put those in his mouth as well.  Due to his constant drooling, he wears a bib almost all the time so he likes to hold onto, chew, or stare at his bibs.  Kaelen is also getting more and more balanced.  He often sits with only slight support for balance – or he can hold onto our hands with his and manage to balance that way.  I think I mentioned previously that I work on him sitting alone and he’s gotten to where he can do that for about 10 seconds or so when he wants to.

Kaelen found his hands today!  I noticed him staring at them while he moved them a few times throughout the day so he is becoming more aware of what he is doing with them and seems to be intrigued by them.

In the area of sleep Kaelen slept for almost 9 hours straight one night this past week!  It was fantastic to wake up and realize that he was still sleeping!  I ended up waking him up because I had to get ready to leave and needed to feed him first, but wow nights like that are soooo refreshing!  Please join me in praying that he will adopt longer sleep cycles at night in a more permanent way.  Kaelen is currently taking about 4-5 naps per day depending on when he wakes up for the day.  They are usually 45-60 minutes, although sometimes he wakes up after a shorter period of time (like if he happens to nap in his car seat).  I know that the next couple of months will be formative of his sleep habits and that he will soon be consolidating to morning and afternoon naps.  I hope that the transition will be smooth and that we will be good at reading his cues for when he’s ready to make transitions in his schedule.

Kaelen had been sleeping in our bed with us, but once he began moving around in his sleep we transitioned him into the cradle that PawPaw (my grandfather) and one of my uncles made for my parents when I was born.  It sits right next to my side of the bed and is close enough that I can reach in to pat Kaelen’s back to soothe him if need be.  Its really awesome to have a piece of family history to use with my kids!  Hopefully Kaelen won’t outgrow it before he is sleeping all night since I’d like to keep him in the room with us until then- we’d like that to be by about 6 months or so…. but we will have to wait and see how he does!

This past week Kaelen also began sticking out his tongue.  Doug says it looks like he is tasting the air, but I have noticed that Kaelen does seem to do it alot when he is smiling at us or “playing”.  He also blows bubbles all the time which often cracks us up that he is so amused by that.

Kaelen continues to laugh easily and has gotten where he will belly laugh when we are playing with him….  What a joyful noise that is!   It makes my day just listening to him and soaking up his laugh!

Here are the pictures for this month. There were a bunch of good ones so I am posting a few more than usual.

 

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Talking to Daddy

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A Serious Shot… but OH so cute!

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~ Erica

 


3 Months Old

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We have seen such amazing growth and change this month!  Kaelen is getting so big and really showing more of his personality!  Since this is a monthly post I’ll be going into significant detail on milestones and development for my personal use, so feel free to skip or skim if you only wish to take in his cuteness in the photos below.

 

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So Serious! Kaelen didn’t really smile the whole photo shoot today.
I really love his eyes in this picture though.

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“Look at me stand!”
(Daddy was standing right there to catch if needed)

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“I looooove my Daddy!”
This is one of my favorite pictures of my boys together!

Kaelen’s hair is finally starting to grow in on top of his head.  He was born with hair on top of his head, however it was very thin and it has always looked like “Old Man” hair or like he had a comb over.  I’m looking forward to it filling in!  His cheeks have gotten really chubby and are soo cute in many of the expressions he makes.  Kaelen started to drool a bit in the last two weeks and some days seems as though he may be teething a bit.  As a result our little man has figured out how to blow bubbles and does so frequently to amuse himself.  He often likes to stand when the person holding him is sitting down and he is strong enough that he only needs balance support.  He can hold his position for up to a minute or two at a time.  The first few times he did this when was when he was mad and screaming, but has since started standing frequently for enjoyment.  Kaelen also  “crunches” up when he wants to be sitting instead of laying down.  It amazes me how strong his core has gotten!

Kaelen regularly sleeps for 5-6 hour stretches most nights and then goes back to sleep once or twice more for 2-4 hours at a time and gets up for the day between 8-10am.   He is up and super cheerful for 45 minutes or so before he wants to take a 45+ minute morning nap. He also takes an afternoon and evening naps but its not yet predictable timing and he often cat naps while nursing or hanging out otherwise.  I know it won’t be too much longer at this phase and he will begin getting more a regular sleep schedule that we can plan around.

Activity wise, Kaelen’s favorites are singing and dancing to music with Daddy.  He seems to like most styles of music and vocalizes along with whoever is singing.  In the last week he also started moving his arms and legs to “dance”… it is sooo cute.  At some point I hope to capture a video of this to share.  He also has started to enjoy looking at colors more and will lay under his play gym for 15-20 minutes at a time watching and talking to the toys hanging above him. One of his favorite “friends” remains the ceeling fan in any room.  He will even take a pause in crying or from being mad to investigate the fan and enjoys it when we turn the fan on so he can watch it spin.

Kaelen’s vocalizations have become more diverse as he has added some true sounds in addition to cooing.  Thus far he has used the sounds: /G/, /Uh/, /A/, & /Ooo/. Its been funny to hear some of the things he “says” almost sound like words.  Kaelen carries on at times and will “talk” to Mama or Daddy or a friend for several minutes at time.  He is often very serious about communicating whatever is on his mind!  I’ll post a video of this at some point as well….

Socially, Kaelen has learned to laugh appropriately (Click Here to see the video of him laughing).  It is so fun to be able to have more interactive play times with him.  The other night we got laughing at him laughing and that went on for at least ten minutes!  Kaelen has also started trying to imitate faces that he sees Daddy or Mama make frequently.  Its so cool to see him “mirror” us…. speaking of Mirrors he LOVES to watch himself in the mirror and talk to himself.  Little man has learned to indicate when he is wet or dirty and also has a different cry for when he is tired… now if only we always understood the message right away we’d be all set.

Hope you enjoyed this update for those of you who chose to read through it!

~ Erica

 


Kaelen is 11 Weeks!

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As much as I am soaking in EVERY possible moment with Kaelen, it seems every time I blink he’s changed in some way.  I can’t even count how many times people have told me to cherish the time I have while he is little and I sure am doing my best.  Doug and I were comparing weekly pictures and noticed how big a difference there is between weeks 8 and 10…  There are even days we notice how different he is than the day prior.  I have a couple posts with videos that I hope to get up this week at least one having to do with a new milestone but I’ll leave the topics as a surprise.

One thing that has changed recently is that Kaelen can sit upright propped only from behind.  This is much better now than it used to be, which has made taking his weekly picture MUCH easier!  Once we sit him in the chair we only have to adjust him slightly if he changes position rather than being on guard every second to keep him from falling sidewise and hitting his head.  I still prefer that Doug help me to take the pictures because he is so good at keeping Kaelen focusing his eyes towards the camera and getting him to smile, but in a pinch Kaelen and I have done the pictures alone (like for the 9 week pictures).

Another HUGE first is that Kaelen has slept more than 6 hours consecutively on two different occasions in the past week!  Doug and I are so pleased and are feeling much better rested in general.  Kaelen is not yet consistently sleeping that length of time every night, but it is becoming more frequent that he sleeps at least five hours. We know more consistent sleep patterns are right around the corner!  I know I wrote about sleep last week too, but its a big deal to us :).

For the picture this week Kaelen is wearing an adorable classic outfit that was a gift from Doug’s Aunt Corinne:

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I love how big his smile is in this one 🙂

I couldn’t resist sticking another one in here too… I think he looks really tall from this angle.

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On a side note, Doug and I are excited because all of the cloth diapers have arrived and we have been using them for several days!  We have 24 Bum Genius 4.0 Pockets with microfiber inserts and 18 Sun Baby Pockets with bamboo inserts as well as some Thirsties Duo inserts that we use as doublers for overnight diapers.  We are still figuring out what combination of things work best for which time of day, but are so pleased with the new diaper stash because Kaelen was wetting through multiple diapers and outfits per day while we were still using the fitteds and the covers (they worked great for him as a newborn though).  Now, we are happy to report that he is staying SUPER dry and can go a bit longer between diaper changes. I’ll be posting more on the cloth diapering experience and what all I have learned later on- but you can click the links above to see the diapers if you’re at all interested. Stay tuned for more….

~ Erica


10 Weeks Old

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This week went for Kaelen’s two month checkup.  He has gained over 5lbs since birth and is getting longer and longer… not that we needed the doctor to tell us those things… Haha!  A few other milestones from this week:

Kaelen slept for five and half hours for the first time this week!  It was FABULOUS!!!  His longest sleep cycle overnight has continued to slowly lengthen over time, and although it is still inconsistent night to night I am a big fan of the trend.  Today his naps seemed a bit more organized instead of him falling asleep many times and only taking “cat-naps”.

Kaelen seems to recognize more people than just Mama & Daddy, like his Grandma & Grandad (Doug’s parents), Nana & Papa (my parents).  When he recognizes them he immediately gets a huge beaming smile which he directs towards them.  This is often accompanied by him cooing a greeting.  It makes my heart melt when he does it with me!

Little Man also has a super strong grip which he applies readily to anything that brushes his palms.  He often has Mama’s hairs in his hands and can grab fistfuls if my hair is down… getting him to let go is the trick!  This feat also makes getting him dressed or undressed a bit on the tricky side.

I took a few close up pictures of Kaelen this week in addition to the regular weekly picture.  His Daddy was making him laugh and I thought his faces were priceless.  Enjoy!

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~ Erica